Shaping and Manipulating Leaves

Shaping and Manipulating Leaves

July 04, 2019

The beauty and versatility of leaves can easily be overlooked, however leaves add color, volume, and texture to an arrangement. The next time you’re out taking a walk, observe the unique colors and shapes of the leaves around you.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Take the time to closely observe each aspect of your leaf, including the fronts and backs. You may discover new colors, textures, or patterns!

Observe the textures and colors on the fronts and backs of leaves

In ikebana we shape and manipulate our materials to fit our design. There are many different ways to shape and manipulate leaves. Leaves can be rolled, folded, torn, layered, or even cut into new shapes. Try experimenting on your own!

Creating ribboned aspidistra leaves

To create this ribboned effect using aspidistra leaves:

1) Gently tear 2-4 vertical slits into the middle of the leaf

2) Thread the stem through the slits

3) Push the leaf up the stem